elec·​tro·​stat·​ic | \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈsta-tik \

Definition of electrostatic 

1 : of or relating to static electricity or electrostatics

2 : of or relating to painting with a spray that utilizes electrically charged particles to ensure complete coating

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electrostatically \ i-​ˌlek-​trə-​ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Darwin thought electrostatic force was somehow involved. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Spiders use electricity to fly thousands of miles, research shows," 6 July 2018 Scientists hypothesize that lightning occurs when positive ions from the ground connect with negative ions from a cloud, resulting in an electrostatic discharge. Kelly Sundstrom, ajc, "3 things that can protect you and your house from lightning," 9 June 2018 The truth is that Shure’s electrostatic earphones win the prize of best in their class by default: no one else is doing anything as ambitious as this. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Shure makes its superb electrostatic earphones a touch more affordable at $1,999," 30 Apr. 2018 Touching or moving an arm or limb close to the wall changes the wall’s electrostatic fields, just as a finger touching an iPad does, the group reports this week at a conference on computing in Montreal, Canada. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Watch researchers turn a wall into Alexa’s eyes and ears," 27 Apr. 2018 Sulfate, which reacts with amino acids in the anophelins, strengthened the electrostatic forces between the proteins, making them better able to bind to the enzyme in blood plasma that causes clotting. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "Mosquito spit can bust blood clots in mice," 10 Apr. 2018 But the layers are held together by a relatively weak electrostatic interaction called a van der Waals force. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists identify hundreds of atomically thin materials," 11 Feb. 2018 Vents Remove heavy dust from ceiling, floor, or appliance vents with a soft-brush vacuum attachment or electrostatic mop ($16, amazon.com), then dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe the surface. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Dust and Make Your Home Shine," 16 Jan. 2018 Mercedes-Benz says airbags may deploy if the steering-column clockspring breaks and exposes the components to an electrostatic charge. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Recalls 495,000 Cars for Accidental Airbag Deployment," 24 Oct. 2017

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1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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elec·​tro·​stat·​ic | \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈstat-ik \

Medical Definition of electrostatic 

: of or relating to static electricity or electrostatics

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electrostatically \ -​ˈstat-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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